Alan Jackson “Previous Memories” DVD

by | Jul 18, 2017 | Commentary & Observations

No, that is NOT a typo in the title. Stay with me, and I’ll explain why….

Back in 2006, Alan Jackson released an album of gospel music entitled Precious Memories. This project took a cue from Ricky Van Shelton’s Don’t Overlook Salvation project, in that it was stripped down to just a few instruments, giving it a small-town home church feel. He would even release a “Volume II” in 2013.

Shortly after the release of the first album, Jackson recorded a live DVD at the Ryman Auditorium, also entitled Precious Memories, as a tie-in. The live show as similarly stripped-down with an acoustic feel. It would also air on TV from time to time. I bought the DVD for my mom shortly after its release, and it remains one of her all-time favorites to watch/listen to while working around the house.

The DVD and first CD are now out of print (and the original DVD can get a bit pricey on both Amazon or eBay). If you missed it the first time around, you’re stuck going with either YouTube or forking out a bit of money…

….or you can just wait until August, when Gaither Music Group is apparently re-issuing the DVD along with both CD’s in a special promo pack. If you read the pre-order page on, it makes no mention of the fact that this was previously released. In fact, the banner says “NEW from Alan Jackson,” despite it being recorded over a decade prior.

Looking at the 2-CD collection of Volumes I and II, it appears that Capitol Nashville is distributing the CD re-issue (via Jackson’s own Alan’s Country Records). Gaither Music Group is distributed by Capitol Christian Distribution (both companies fall under EMI/Universal’s umbrella). Maybe Capitol simply went to Gaither and offered them the DVD re-issue to go along with the CD set (seems most logical, given Gaither’s recent associations with country artists), but why would Gaither’s promo material make it sounds like it’s a NEW release?

Kinda makes you wonder if it SHOULD be called Previous Memories….

Kyle Boreing

Kyle Boreing

Kyle has been writing for MusicScribe since 2008. He is a musician, producer, arranger, and occasional quartet singer, who pays way too much attention to recordings. He is an alumni of Stamps-Baxter School of Music and has shared the stage with many different artists. He also really likes movies that are "so bad they're good." Visit his website at, or follow him on Twitter @kyleboreing.

1 Comment

  1. Scotty Searan

    Correct on all accounts I have the original DVD
    Like you say sorta misleading but still good music
    But I always thought that the major labels did not want to put much money into the production because Gospel albums don’t sell as well
    In times past most major country acts would record a gospel album early in their careers.
    But that seemed to change in the late 70s and early 80s.
    There were some good country gospel album back in the day
    Reba McEntire’s gospel album is the best country gospel album put out in decades


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